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Farming

Payout cut looms

Fonterra Dairy prices have stabilised but not enough to prevent Fonterra having to cut its milk price forecast, economists say.

Contract saved tired farmers

paperwork A farmer believes her family was targeted by a new employee trying to bait them into a summary dismissal.

Farmer's hand minced in machine

St John's Ambulance Man yelled for help for 90 minutes before managing to text a friend after getting caught in wheat auger.

Synlait Milk profit right on target

Synlait Milk Chairman said the focus during the year had been to deliver promises made to shareholders when the company listed in 2013.

Pre-lamb squeeze tough on shearers

Shorn sheep A ''concertina-ing'' of prelamb shearing is putting pressure on contractors, shearer says.

Opinion poll

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Related story: Lower milk price 'to boost dividend'

Milking her dream job

Daisy the calf has pride of place in Louise Giltrap's childhood scrapbook. Rediscovering a memento of her childhood takes Louise Giltrap back to the calf that sparked a dream.

Tech take up slow

NZ leads the world in developing new technologies for improved production but they're poorly taken up on our farms.

Rural Kiwis getting raw deal

Water tax will raise prices

Payout cut looms

Fonterra Dairy prices have stabilised but not enough to prevent Fonterra having to cut its milk price forecast, economists say.

Synlait Milk profit right on target

Chairman said the focus during the year had been to deliver promises made to shareholders when the company listed in 2013.

Swede risk creates planting dilemma

Synlait focused on future

Synlait widens export base

Milk products manufacturer Synlait Milk is ramping up its export channels into China.

Links with the land

Savannah Clement A nine-year-old confidently outlines 100 years of family history to 150 people at her parents' bull sale.

Striving for the best

Bruce and Pip Robinson have a passion and commitment to produce top quality hereford cattle.

Filled with bulls

Environment focus

Beef prices tipped to rise

Beef steer prices are heading for a record high, while lamb, dairy, and grains prices remain flat.

Robotic sheepdog idea rejected

sheepdog strap Robotic sheepdogs may be the way of the future, but Lassie is unlikely to be put out to pasture any time soon, Federated Farmers says.

Shrek fleeced of record

A woolly Aussie heavyweight claims to have toppled Kiwi sheep Shrek's decade-old 27kg record.

Swede fears spread

No time to be sheepish

Pre-lamb squeeze tough on shearers

A ''concertina-ing'' of prelamb shearing is putting pressure on contractors, shearer says.

Wine subsidies outrage

Jacob's Creek New Zealand wine companies are ratcheting up their use of an Australian government rebate.

Stopping the rot

Two new research projects promising to produce healthier food and boost exports have been granted funding.

Yachts targeted in fruit fly fight

Onion secrets shared

Farmer's hand minced in machine

Man yelled for help for 90 minutes before managing to text a friend after getting caught in wheat auger.

GM on the agenda

Craig Mackenzie Kiwi farming couple attending Global Farmer Roundtable that will focus on the challenge of feeding another two billion people.

Money's not everything

Surveys suggest farmers are not money hungry and lean more toward environmental stewardship than making big profits.

More to honey than money

Paperwork averted scam

Contract saved tired farmers

A farmer believes her family was targeted by a new employee trying to bait them into a summary dismissal.

Time to plan beyond forced births

calf Forced births (inductions) will not be allowed from spring next year and farmers are being advised to start taking action now.

Common sense required

Stock on roads can result in tragedy if the risk is not taken seriously.

An extra week to end it all?

Plantain guru casts light on system

Cute and cuddly killers?

Health board warns allowing children to frolic with baby spring animals could lead them to contracting serious and potentially life threatening diseases.

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.

A brave new world

Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

Upbeat over tech future

Chile chases youngster's invention

Young inventor Patrick Roskam is on an upward trajectory of success following his acceptance of his latest award.